Graduate Catalog 2003-2004
Master of Arts in Teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree is for individuals planning to continue a teaching career. The program is available only to individuals who hold a valid teaching certificate.
M.A.T. degree candidates may major in the following fields: American Culture Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, French, Geology, German, History, Mathematics, Physics, and Spanish. Specific admission procedures and degree requirements are outlined in the major field descriptions. To locate major field descriptions in the “Graduate Programs and Courses” section, consult the Graduate Catalog index.
The M.A.T. is designed to meet the needs of classroom teachers who:
(1) may not require the type of academic preparation currently provided in programs leading to the Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees in their teaching area;
(2) desire to pursue course work in a discipline in order to improve teaching proficiency;
(3) can profit from additional professional course work in pedagogy, curriculum development, and educational foundations;
(4) want to update their knowledge and proficiency in the use of research as it relates to their teaching areas.
Applicants to the M.A.T. degree program must have had at least one year’s teaching experience and must hold a valid teaching certificate from the state in which they are teaching.
The M.A.T. degree requires candidates to:
(1) complete 21 to 27 semester hours in a major field. In certain cases these hours may be an interdisciplinary major. At least one of the courses in the major must be a seminar at the 600 level or above;
(2) complete eight to 13 semester hours n professional education, including one course in pedagogy. Candidates who wish a strong supporting area in reading may elect appropriate courses at the 600 level in education;
(3) complete 35 semester hours of acceptable graduate course work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better;
(4) accumulate not more than seven semester hours for course work with grades less than “B”;
(5) write a research paper that requires study beyond the usual writing requirements for courses and which demonstrates ability to apply research findings in a classroom situation. This paper will usually be written in conjunction with the required course in pedagogy (for example, EDCI 645, EDCI 646, or EDCI 647).
(6) pass a final written comprehensive examination in the major area.
The following courses are recommended as electives in education for M.A.T. students: EDFI 600, EDFI 601, EDFI 602, EDFI 673, EDFI 641, EDFI 642, EDCI 611, EDCI 649, EDCI 650, and EDSE 531.
Candidates pursuing a reading endorsement must complete the following: EDCI 520, EDCI 621, EDCI 623, EDCI 625, as well as pass the NTE Specialty Area Test.